October 2, 2004
Bearcats Get By Emporia State, 59-28
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Going over the 500-yard mark in total offense for the second time in three games, the #5 Northwest Missouri State football defeated Emporia State, 59-28, this afternoon at Bearcat Stadium. Totaling 557 yards, the Northwest offense built a 31-0 lead just minutes into the second quarter and slid to their ninth consecutive overall victory. Northwest, who has won the last 10 meetings with Emporia, improves to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA. Emporia falls to 3-3 overall and an even 2-2 in league play.
History was made in the first quarter. On his third reception of the day, senior wide receiver Jamaica Rector hauled in a 28-yard TD toss from junior QB Josh Lamberson. That score put Northwest up 14-0 and gave Rector the all-time MIAA receiving mark in regular season games. He would add four more catches and end his day with 113 yards and two TDs. He passed Andrew Blakley's (Truman State) mark of 3,458 career yards - Rector stands with 3,523.
The Northwest offense kept up its torrid scoring pace, finding the endzone on its first five possessions. With the score 14-0 in favor of the 'Cats, freshman running back Xavier Omon found the end-zone from 2-yards out with 3:43 left in the first quarter. A Luis Berlanga 28-yard field goal preceded a 17-yard blocked punt return by Andrew McIntyre. Those two scores put the Bearcats up 31-0.
The Bearcat defense, which limited Emporia State to 262 total yards including just 23 rushing yards, forced the Hornets into three-and-outs on their first four possessions. On those 12 plays, Emporia went for 0 total yards. The guests did not reach a first down till 12:43 left in the second quarter - it took them 14 plays to reach the first-down marker.
The Hornets finally lit up the scoreboard with 9:32 left in the second frame thanks to a 39 yard heave as Tad Hatfield connected with JJ Richard. Capitalizing on a Omon fumble at the 'Cat 12-yard line on the ensuing possession, Emporia scored two plays later to get within a 14-31 count.
Omon, who finished with four total TD's, got some revenge with a 1-yard plunge to put his squad up 38-14 at the half.
After another TD toss from Emporia QB Tad Hatfield, his third on the day, Rector made an acrobatic catch in the left corner of the endzone to build the lead back up to 45-21. The pass came from senior wide receiver Morris White on a halfback option play.
A 2-yard run by Omon and 1-yard dive by senior Shon Wells completed the Northwest scoring spree. ESU notched its fourth TD, this time a Richard 5-yard reception with 13:21 left in the fourth quarter.
Lamberson, who moved into a tie for seventh on the Northwest season TD chart with 15, was 20-of-31 for 274 yards and two TD's. He added 68 yards on 10 rush attempts.
Omon, who caught a 33-yard pass for the first score of the game, notched his second career 100-yard rushing game. He finished with 139 on 23 carries.
Defensively, the 'Cats posted three sacks and six tackles for a loss. Calbert Diezeas and McIntyre each had four total tackles. Troy Tysdahl knocked down two pass attempts and recorded 2.5 tackles.
Notes: Northwest jumps to 17-2 in the overall series with Emporia...Jamaica Rector now stands 367 yards away from former Bearcat and current-CFL All-Pro Tony Miles mark of 3,890 lifetime MIAA receiving yards (all games played)...The four TD's scored by Xavier Omon is one shy of the school's single game record...Rector also moved to fourth on the Northwest career points list as he sits with 222 points...Rector's two receiving TD's ties him with Miles for the top spot on Northwest's career TD reception charts - they both have 30...In six games this season, the Bearcats have trailed for just 5:01 - that occurred against Central Missouri State, Sept. 11...Northwest has gone over 50 points three times in 2004, the most since the 2000 club went for at least 50 on six ocassions...Emporia had -minus rushing yards through three-plus quarters, it had -7 on 12 attempts going into the fourth quarter...Josh Lamberson moved into sixth-place on the Bearcat career completion list with 225 overall...The Bearcat defense has held all six opponents under 350 yards after Emporia totaled just 262...Lamberson has tossed at least two TD's in seven straight games and Rector has five or more catches in seven consecutive and 1+ TD reception in seven of his last eight.
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